how would you say: what is the present cost of copper?
I need to know the Spanish word for 'cost', in the sense of 'what is the monthly cost of living in this hotel'. Thanks.
I would say: ¿Cual es el precio actual del cobre? or ¿Cual es el valor actual del cobre?
Let me show you some news about that:
"Precio del cobre cerró al alza por cuarta jornada consecutiva El valor del metal rojo subió 1,44 por ciento en Londres. El incremento se atribuye en parte a una mejora en la demanda proveniente de China."
When dealing with precious metal commodities the word price is used more than cost.
We would ask for the current price for scrap cooper or to purchase a pound of copper.
What is the cost of a pound of copper? is not incorrect, but cost has more of a connotation of overall cost. Price/shipping & handling/ fees/ taxes, etc. (bottom line)
Ignoring all of that cuesta/costo/coste are the nouns that you are discussing. I was discussing the use of precio.
with a hotel you're using el aquiler (rent)
cost of living in ...=¿Cuánto cuesta vivir en...?
Lasairfiona commented on my post.
But to an english speaker, "what is the cost of copper?" and "What is the cost of living/the hotel/etc?" are the same construction. It is badly worded but not inconsistant. - Lasairfiona
Sorry, but the poster is not just asking for the "cost". The title and the post are different with two completely different English adjectives which results in two completely different Spanish adjectives. The title is asking for the "present" cost which would be "actual", whilst the post is asking for the "monthly cost which would be "mensual".
The question asked in the title has been well answered. Common usage for the hotel question is "tarifa mensual."